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Is Sony PS4 in trouble after supposed Xbox 720 features leak?

What an exciting weekend it has been in the next-gen discussion department. We obviously didn’t see any next-generation hardware from Sony or Microsoft at E3 a few weeks ago, but it looks like it is Microsoft who appears to have detailed their Xbox 720 console a little prematurely.

Usually we would associate the Xbox 720 name as just a nickname in accordance with popular belief, but a leaked document from Microsoft has for the first time, referred to the device as the Xbox 720 meaning that it could well have this name upon release.

The leaked document contains some very juicy information on Microsoft’s next console indeed and as you may have expected, it has already vanished off the face of the internet after being taken down by one of Microsoft’s legal representatives.

Aside from the Xbox 720 name, we also see a potential $299 price tag, augmented reality features, blu-ray disc support, cloud gaming, 3D glasses, Kinect ‘2’ and much more. Those 3D glasses are thought to be part of a future 2014 project known as ‘Fortaleza’ and they could provide a similar functionality to Google’s exciting Project glass plan initiative.

There’s a more detailed breakdown of the leaked features over at The Verge here, while you can still check out one of the images contained in the document at NeoGaf here. Assuming that this information is all correct though and that Microsoft are going to unleash their $299 augmented reality Xbox 720 in 2013 – what does this exactly mean for Sony?

Sony are being incredibly secretive on their next-generation plans, repeatedly insisting that the PS3 still has a long way to go yet. If Microsoft are going to be bringing augmented reality in a big way to Xbox gamers, then Sony will surely have to conjure up something similar of their own as it’s clear that Microsoft are thinking of different ways to ‘wow’ gamers, aside from just a bog standard hardware upgrade.

We also see the mention of cloud-gaming too. It will be interesting if it turns out that Microsoft are actually the first to bring cloud-gaming support from OnLive and/or Gaikai to the Xbox, when it was heavily rumored before E3 that Sony would be the ones to announce this first.

Microsoft’s new Smartglass project is also another clear sign that the company are looking to market the next Xbox as an ‘all-in-one’ entertainment hub, perhaps taking this mantle away from Sony at the moment. You can also bet that the PS4 won’t be $299 either, but maybe even double that if they are thinking of adopting the same pricing patterns as the PS3.

It all looks really promising from a neutral perspective, as all those juicy new features for $299 would be very hard to turn down in our opinion. Presuming that Microsoft really has this in the pipeline, how will Sony plan to counter-attack this with their PS4? Do you think that Microsoft may have the better next-gen system at launch next year? Remember, this is still a rumor at this point until confirmed by Microsoft – which they are very unlikely to do.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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theonedevil
theonedevil

The funny thing about this article is the line ” it all looks really promising from a neutral perspective “. Since when has this site ever been neutral?. Yet another piece skewed in M$oft’s favor, neutral my arse!

The Future of Sega

Two biggest mistakes Microsoft and Sony can make next gen:

1. Microsoft releases Xbox 720 without an INTERNAL Bluray Disc drive.

2. Sony releases PS4 AFTER Xbox 720.

I would be more disgruntled with the 2nd alternative because that would absolutely prove that Sony is stupid….AND that they are cowards…afraaaaaid to take the lead and reclaim what was once theirs. May the best man win. 😀

The Future of Sega

Two biggest mistakes Microsoft and Sony can make next gen:

1. Microsoft releases Xbox 720 without an INTERNAL Bluray Disc drive.

2. Sony releases PS4 AFTER Xbox 720.

I would be more disgruntled with the 2nd alternative because that would absolutely prove that Sony is stupid….AND that they are cowards…afraaaaaid to take the lead and reclaim what was once theirs. May the best man win. 😀

Daniel 555666
Daniel 555666

oh dear oh dear check list ! last of us? i aint seen a better looking game yet? on curent paltform, frostbite 2 ?/ ha frostbite my arse, killzone havok engine ruins that shite and its 4 years ago you clowns oh dear oh dear! 

Gohan
Gohan

I remember the day PS1 came out and shocked everyone, it was the first of its kind. Can Sony do the same and surprise everyone?

Johnjairo68
Johnjairo68

Can anyone explain to me why PS4 would be in danger because Sony NOW KNOWS what Microsoft is doing? It would be the opposite because they have 1 year and a half to make their new console BETTER than the “leak” (or be prepared with something similar).

This “new” doesn’t make any sense.

dontgiveaF@<K
dontgiveaF@<K

hmmm…what did sony meant  by saying ‘ps3 still has a long way to go yet’??they gotta be kidding me.seriously sony would lost in sales if they keep on delaying their next gen console launch date

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